MARCH 24: Irving has undergone a minimally-invasive procedure to remove a tension wire in his left knee, the team has announced. The wire, removal of which should relieve the irritation Irving has been going through, was originally placed as part of the surgical repair of his fractured patella sustained during the 2015 NBA Finals.
Irving’s knee was otherwise found to be completely structurally sound and he is expected to return to basketball activities in 3-6 weeks. As a point of reference, the playoffs begin exactly three weeks from today.
MARCH 23: Celtics star Kyrie Irving will undergo a procedure on his troublesome left knee on Saturday, the Celtics announced today in a press release. The team classified it as a “minimally invasive” procedure, but didn’t provide a timeline for Irving’s return to the court.
As ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski tweets, that recovery timetable is expected to become clearer after Saturday, with the C’s hoping that the procedure will help alleviate the soreness in Irving’s knee.
Given the fact that the Celtics’ announcement suggests that the procedure is a minor one, and the team isn’t taking any extra time to deliberate whether or not to get it done right away, I expect the goal is to get Irving back on the court in time for the postseason. Still, we’ll have to wait for specifics from the team.
The Celtics are a banged-up bench right now, with several key rotation players sidelined due to injuries. Daniel Theis and Gordon Hayward are expected to be out through the postseason, while Marcus Smart is hoping to return by the end of the first round of the playoffs. Jaylen Brown hopes to return on Sunday in Sacramento, while Irving remains a wild card, based on today’s news.
Despite all those injuries, the Celtics continue to hold a comfortable lead for the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference. They’re currently six games up on the third-seeded Cavaliers, with just 11 games left to play.